Many Chicago Cubs fans who are still alive today remember listening to the great voices of Jack Brickhouse and Harry Caray. They were icons not only in broadcasting but in Chicago Cubs’ history.
However, for the new-age Cubs fan, like myself, Cubs baseball growing up was Len Kasper. Following the surprising news that he is moving on to the next chapter of his career, it’s time to look back on his time on the North Side and appreciate the joy he brought to Chicago Cubs baseball.
Len Kasper joined the Chicago Cubs in 2005 after working for the Milwaukee Brewers and Florida Marlins in his broadcasting career. Kasper joined the Cubs after the likes of Steve Stone and Chip Carey moved on following the 2004 season. Len was joined by Bob Brenly from 2005 until 2012 when Jim Deshaies assumed his current role with the Cubs broadcasting team.
Len quickly found a way into Cub fans’ hearts. Through the memorable calls and incredible moments, he truly became synonymous with Cubs baseball for those growing up in the mid-to-late 2000s.
Len called the end of the Dusty Baker era, which at the time included one of the most successful Cubs seasons in team history in 2003. Although the beginning of Len’s broadcasting career for the Cubs was bleak, there would be plenty of good times on the horizon.
During the Lou Piniella days, Len called plenty of colorful ejections from the fiery skipper. He always found a way to perfectly narrate the situation, especially if Lou was kicking dirt on umpires.
However, it wasn’t only ejections. Len called some epic moments at Wrigley Field, including home runs from the likes of Kosuke Fukudome, Aramis Ramirez, and Derrek Lee.
After two golden years in 2007 and 2008, the Cubs regressed for the next six years. Despite the lack of winning, there were calls like this one to get you excited.
Once things began to turn the corner for the Cubs and their loyal fans, Len was still there to call all of the magical moments.
Not only were guys tripping to help the Cubs win, but there were also plenty of special moments, such as no-hitters, postseason-clinching games, and so many more.
For more great Len Kasper calls, check out this Twitter thread that Uncle Jeff (@ebsoftball) put together. You won’t be disappointed.
There are way too many memorable moments to possibly encompass in this article. I recall the Baez walk-off on Mother’s Day, the Aramis Ramirez walk-off against the White Sox after Derrek Lee tied it, and so many more.
It was truly an honor as a Cub fan to hear you call games, Len. We will miss you and wish you well in all of your future endeavors.